I flew in to London. Jason is working in Chester, England which is about 4 hours north and west of London (it is about 3 miles from Wales). So Jason took the train to London to meet me. We spent the first weekend there. London is beautiful, big city and I enjoyed our time there, but it was a big city..so I was ready to leave. I most enjoyed our second weekend! I arrived late on Friday night so our adventures started on Saturday morning. But sadly, it turned out to be a rainy Saturday. Luckily, it was the ONLY day it rained while we were in the UK, but it poured this day. So I went back to a few spots on Monday to get photos in the sunshine. But we did make it to the Tower Bridge on the rainy day. We stopped by Borough Market, which was a lot of fun. Nothing but fresh produce, homemade items and seafood/meat. I have a ton of photos that I just didn't process for the blog. But the fresh scallops give you an idea.
The next day, the sun came out and we hit the road again. This city is HUGE! Don't underestimate its size. We had a wonderfully situated hotel right next to the National Gallery. So we were able to walk to a lot of the sights, but we did use the Underground a lot.
We were heading toward Big Ben and Parliament and I noticed a crowd at the Horse's guard and it hit me! I had read they do the 'changing of the cavalry' at 10AM on Sundays..could it be? I rush across the street (much to Jason's chagrin..I tend to loose all self preservation skills when confronted with something potentially super cool) and get us a spot on the sideline.
The first group of horses come in and line up..there is a lot of yelling of commands. Then they stand here..for 15 minutes. Which is quite difficult for horses.
Then we set off for Big Ben (I do love National Lampoon's European vacation..we quoted it a lot on this trip)
The next morning we had a train to catch to get to Chester, but we revisited the National Gallery for some sunshine photos. Every time I visit somewhere, there is always one place that surprises me. I didn't anticipate liking the National Gallery as much as I did. It was gorgeous.
So at this point, we hit the train station and head up to Chester. That will be installment 2. Jason worked for three days while I explored the town. Cheers!